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ART DUBAI MODERN TALKS 2022



Art Dubai’s Modern section was curated by Sam Bardaouil and Till Fellrath, who chose to present 11 single modern artists booth from the Arab world, Iran and India. This section was accompanied by the Art Dubai Modern Talks which took place over two days (10th-11th March), at the ARM Majlis. These talks were held in partnership with the Dubai Collection, the topics examined the life, work and influences of 20th century Modern masters from the Middle East and North Africa. These important artists’ works form the art history of the region from the turn of the 20th century to the 1980s and the talks significantly added to existing scholarship and research.

 

Participants included Art Dubai Modern Curator Sam Bardaouil, independent Emirati curator Munira Al SayeghYasmin Atassi, Director, Green Art Gallery, Basel Dalloul, Director, Dalloul Art Foundation. Charles Pocock, Founder, Meem Gallery, Fatenn Mostafa Kanafani, Founder of ArtTalks Egypt and Art Historian on Modern Egyptian Art, Valerie Didier, Specialist, Impressionist & Modern Art, Christie’s Art  Historian in Modern Egyptian Art George Al Ama, Academic, Collector, and Researcher in Palestinian Art and Material Culture, Nima Sagharchi, Director of Middle Eastern, Islamic and South Asian Art at Bonhams, Carlo Rizzo, Special Advisor, The Dubai Collection and Art Dubai’s Regional Director Hala Khayat.

 

A series of by-invitation closed-sessions for the people in the industry took place over two days at the Modern Talks, where preliminary fact findings on artists estates and tracing authenticity were discussed. The results of these conversations will be published in the June 2022 issue of Selections Arts.





ART DUBAI, A.R.M HOLDING MAJLIS, MADINAT JUMEIRAH


3:00-4:00pm

The UAE as A Cultural Hub for Modern Arab Artists:

From the Early 70s to the Dubai Collection

Since its establishment, the position of the United Arab Emirates was key in welcoming travelling artists from around the Arab world. Iraqi, Palestinian, Syrian and Egyptian artists arrived to the scene and settled across the country, while documenting the emerging art scene. Within the framework of the 50th anniversary of the UAE and the launch of the Dubai Collection, this panel will tell the story of Arab artists whose work now ornaments many UAE art collections, while paving the way for new artistic production and becoming a source of inspiration for the next generation of Emirati artists.

Panelists:

Hala Khayat, Regional Director, Art Dubai

Carlo Rizzo, Special Advisor, The Dubai Collection

Munira Al Sayegh, Independent Emirati Curator

Yasmin Atassi, Director, Green Art Gallery



4:00-5:00pm

Unified Inspirations From Different Regions

Sam Bardouil, Co-Curator of Art Dubai Modern 2022, will speak about the collective history, the unity and diversity of the artists chosen to take part in this year’s Modern hall. Bardaouil’s talk will capture the culturally, politically, and spiritually distinctive background of these seven Modernists, while highlighting their shared causes, inspirations, and aesthetics.

Panelist:

Sam Bardaouil, Curator of Art Dubai Modern 2022 and Co-Founder of Art Reoriented




ART DUBAI, A.R.M HOLDING MAJLIS, MADINAT JUMEIRAH



3:00-4:30pm

Building Important Art Collections in the Arab World

Over the last 20 years, the Middle East has seen a shift in collecting habits around the region, with the emergence of new players who changed the course of artistic production, demand and positioning in the Arab world as well as seen the formation of new, groundbreaking collections. This talk will bring together some of the founders and curators of this new generation of collecting.

Panelists:

Hala Khayat, Regional Director, Art Dubai

Basel Dalloul, Director, Dalloul Art Foundation

Nima Sagharchi, Director of Middle Eastern, Islamic and South Asian Art, Bonhams

Charles Pocock, Founder, Meem Gallery



4:30-6:00pm

Independence and Identity of Modern Art from Egypt to the Levant

At the turn of the 20th century, a new generation of artists paved the way for a novel Modern art movement in Egypt and across the Levant. Looking at a select group of painters from this period, this panel will draw parallels between these two regions with the aim of finding the essence of the Arab identity through the visual history of the time, from historical references and popular culture to political imagery.

Panelists:

George Al Ama, Academic, Collector, and Researcher in Palestinian Art and Material Culture

Fatenn Mostafa Kanafani, Founder of ArtTalks Egypt and Art Historian on Modern Egyptian Art

Valerie Didier, Specialist, Impressionist & Modern Art, Christie’s
Art  Historian in Modern Egyptian Art